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Italian chef teaches pasta art ... to prisoners in Gaza

Gaza (Palestinian Territories) (AFP)

Sharing tips for cooking perfect pasta is nothing more ordinary for Gabriele Rubini. But this week, this Italian chef innovated: it was to prisoners in the Gaza Strip that he gave cooking lessons.

Known as Chef Rubio, Gabriele Rubini teaches ten prisoners his cooking secrets during a ten-day stay in the Palestinian enclave under an Israeli blockade, organized with an Italian NGO.

"My goal is to share with them everything I know and I also want to learn from them," he told AFP. "It is all a question of sharing food," he adds, welcoming a "mixture of cultures" around the Mediterranean.

Defender of the Palestinian cause, Mr. Rubio explained that he worked in the prisons because "it is a place where there is a lot of humanity".

"Someone can make a mistake and can be reborn in prison and become a better person in the outside world," said the chief, who has 750,000 followers on his Facebook page.

Governed by the Islamist movement Hamas, a movement that has waged three wars in Israel since 2008, the Gaza Strip is a Palestinian territory of two million inhabitants under Israeli blockade and plagued by endemic unemployment, around 50%.

For Sami Baraka, an inmate who, like his comrades, is serving a sentence for non-violent crimes, Chef Rubio's workshop is a "great opportunity".

And Sami started dreaming about what he would do when he was free. "I'm going to open my Italian restaurant in Gaza," he says determinedly.

© 2020 AFP

Source: france24

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